How frustrating when people comment on your size and compare you to others! At this phase of my last pregnancy (or maybe around 30 weeks) I had strangers literally calling to me from their cars, "how much longer?!" It was kind of funny, but they acted like they felt sorry for me when I was feeling okay, really. I'm just short and my baby was all in my front.
These past few weeks have been a challenge. I was feeling so great before this. Then I caught a bad virus (flu?) and was sick but not able to rest at first. Then my daughter caught it and was sick in bed for 4 days, and still has a cough and runny nose/congestion! She's never really been sick before, so I wasn't very good at doing the "mothering a sick child" thing. Didn't have a routine in place for that. I had been recovering but then got sick all over again with a sinus infection so bad that the pain in my face sometimes was much stronger than anything birth-related, and I was basically non-functional and had to have my husband take off of work (thank goodness he has a million sick days built up, but he's already so busy at work...) Today is the first day in a couple of weeks where I feel I am definitely getting better. I can think again and act fully motherly.
But the process brought up so many issues.
1.) Taking care of one sick child while I was sick felt nearly impossible, How will I do it when my daughter starts spending more time in groups (maybe school? we're not really homeschoolers but we just aren't into tons of early socialization with peer groups) and gets sick all the time, and shares the illnesses with us, including the new baby?
2.) Being in this pained, sick state for so long reminded me of the physicality of taking care of a newborn. It was so intensely physical and full of fluids and primal feelings and just really hard. I kind of dread the newborn stage, although I am really looking forward to the many sweet moments mixed in.
Anyway, sinus inflammation is common in pregnancy, and I had been ignoring mine since I didn't find it annoying. In retrospect, if I had been using a neti pot regularly and tried to reduce my inflammation there, I might not have been as susceptible to the massive sinus infection. I noticed last time in pregnancy I only had sinus issues at the very end, so maybe the 3rd trimester is ripe for those. Learn from my experience, please, and take good care of your sinuses NOW!
Spring has sprung in our area, and I'm hoping this weekend I can get back on track with all our nesting projects.